By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Suarez came under flak from David Moyes ahead of the Merseyside derby for his simulation antics and the Everton manager was hardly the first person to criticise the Uruguayan - Stoke's Tony Pulis and Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson have both publicly raised their concerns about the striker's antics last season.
Rodgers feels that Suarez is receiving disproportionate attention when it comes to diving and pointed out two incidents which occurred over the weekend in hope that managers will think twice before villifying Suarez.
"This will be the on-going debate and now people will see that (it's an issue at every club)," Rodgers said on the Daily Mail, "You look at (last) weekend and two players that you would deem to be great professionals Angel Rangel and Phil Neville."
"Angel Rangel was booked against Manchester City for diving and I worked with him for two years. He's one of the most honest people I've come across in my life but he got booked for diving. Phil Neville plays for Everton, he's 35 and over the years you would consider him to be an honest pro.
"But he gets booked for diving after his manager has read out the riot act to his players and other peoples' players. And then you have Fernando Torres booked for diving. Hopefully people won't continue to vilify Luis Suarez because he was the easy target before and look beyond themselves."
Given the widespread nature of the practice now, Rodgers feels that it would be wrong to brand a player 'a cheat' simply because he was penalised for it during a match.
"It's something that is part of the game," added Rodgers. "It doesn't mean you're a cheat. People see it as part of the game but of course we don't like it when it's blatant and we have to continue to fight to eradicate that."
Rodgers believes that attempts to undermine Suarez psychologically will almost certainly backfire on opponents, as shown against Everton when the striker replied to Moyes' criticism over the weekend by setting up a goal while scoring another in the Merseyside derby.
“I don’t think you can wind him up,” said Rodgers, "When I was Swansea manager we arrived in Liverpool and I said to the players "This was the one guy who is a nuisance but he's a nuisance for the right reasons because he's a top player. He's a real threat in and around the box so you have to be careful".
"Other managers have tried to use it as a psychological tool to put him off and to effect referees but it makes him stronger and his performance level, consistency and the goals he's scored, they would be better off saying nothing because the support he gets from me gets even stronger.
"I see how honest he is and the supporters and players really support him. I remember reading something from a journalist in Holland when he first came into the country, saying that he's a player who will always divide opinion.
"If he's playing for your team people will love him but if he isn't he'll get a bit of stick but that's because he's world class."